Seniors and Seizures: An Education Program for Organizations Serving Older Adults

CDC Course No. WD2923

Epilepsy is not always the first possibility that comes to mind when an older adult has a seizure or related episode. Its clinical presentation can resemble other conditions that are common in the older population, such as stroke, head injury, brain tumors, brain surgery, serious infections, heart attack, cardiovascular disease, chronic alcoholism, toxic/metabolic disturbances, Alzheimer’s disease, or dementia.

This free, interactive course is designed to teach and equip staff in senior-serving organizations to deliver “Seniors and Seizures” content at their agency.

Seniors and Seizures: An Educational Program for Organizations Serving Older Adults modules include:

  • Seizure and Epilepsy Basics
  • Recognizing Seizures
  • Responding to Seizures
  • The Impact of Epilepsy & Older Adults

By completing the course, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize 3 types of seizures that are most common in older adults.
2. Identify 5 signs or symptoms of epilepsy in older adults.
3. List 3 first aid steps in helping older adults having a seizure.
4. List 3 possible causes of epilepsy and seizures in older adults.
5. Identify 3 ways epilepsy impacts the older adult population.

To begin, you first need to create an account.  If you already have an account, please login and subscribe to the class using the "Subscribe to Group" button above (an example of the "Subscribe to Group" button is shown below).

You must watch the entire video to the end. When the video is completed, a green FINISH button will appear to the right of the video area. Click this button to acknowledge you have watched the video. If you do not click the green finish button, you will not be able to receive your certificate.

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This program is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under grant number NU58DP006256-02-00, CFDA 93.850. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.

How to Access the Course


To access these free courses, follow the steps below. Please print these instructions for your reference.

  1. Go the website:
  2. Click Create New Account and complete the various fields of information. The (*) denotes all required items.
  3. Create a unique user name and password. You will need these items to access your account in the future.

Write them down here: Username: __________________ Password: _______________

  1. Click “I am not a robot” and then “Create new account”.
  2. When the Home Page appears, Click the 2nd icon on the far left “Training Catalogue” which allows you to view a catalog of all classes that are available.
  3. Scroll along the Training Catalogue to find a class or filter the list be selecting from the course types.
  4. Select the Class heading hyperlink followed by clicking "Subscribe to Group" icon. Read the prompt and Click "Join".
  5. The system will open to the class home page.
  6. Read the instructional content on the home page of the course.
  7. Then Click the “Play” button icon located on the top right-hand section of the screen.
  8. Complete the pre-test. (if that is applicable)
  9. Scroll to the end of the page and Click “Finish". The system will begin the next lesson slideshow.
  10. Please Click "Next Lesson" after each lesson. Once you have completed all lessons within the course the prompt will be "Back to Class".
  11. Once back to the Class Home Page select the next Course heading hyperlink and Click “play” icon.
  12. Repeat step (10) & (11) until you have completed the entire class.



If there is pretest you must complete the pretest before gaining access for course materials

To access suggested material please follow the below two steps.

  1. Click the heading of the course material you want to access
  2. Click the “File fold” icon

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Instructions for Returning Users

  1. Go to this website:
  2. Enter your username and password in the white Log In box on the top right side of the page and then click “I’m not a robot” and then “Login.”
  3. When the Home Page appears, click on the 3rd icon “My Classes”.
    1. Click on Class you previously started
    2. Click the play icon at the top right to begin where you left off
    3. Once you have completed lessons/videos click next lesson. Once you have completed all lessons within a course the prompt will be "Back to Course". Please select this option.
    4. Once back at the beginning of the course select "Back to Class" button on the top left.
  4. Once back to class select the next.
  5. When you have successfully completed all courses in the class and all evaluations, click on “My Achievements” to view and print your certificate.


The LMS certificate of completion can be found on the home page of the class or the home page of the Module 1 by clicking “Your Certificate” icon. To access the CEUs after class completion you will need to access the CDC TCEO website. The instructions are listed on the 2nd page of the course completions certificate.


Continuing Education Credits

ORIGINATION DATE: August 16, 2017
RENEWAL DATE:  August 16, 2019
EXPIRATION DATE:  August 16, 2021

At this time, continuing education credits for this course is only available through the CDC Training and Continuing Education Online system (CDC TCEO). Please follow the instructions provided below. You must complete the online evaluation by one month following the training to receive your continuing education credits or your certificate of completion.

  1. In order to receive continuing education (CE) for WD2923 - Seniors & Seizures: An Educational Program for Organizations Serving Older Adults, complete the activity and steps below before August 16, 2021.
  1. Please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps before August 16, 2021
  1. TCEO Course Page:
  1. Complete the Evaluation at

Pass the posttest at ___80___% at 

FEES: No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.

For more information or assistance please email or call 301-918-3779


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Who can take the course?

Anyone can take the course to learn about epilepsy but the course is intended for senior-serving organizations who want an introduction to seizure identification and first aid strategies, including:

  • Administrators
  • Medical assistants
  • Medical students
  • Social Workers
  • Case Workers
  • Nutritionists
  • Day Care Providers
  • Senior Caregivers

Are there any prerequisites to take the course?

There are no prerequisites to take the course.

How long does it take to complete the course?

Time to complete the course varies by each user. There are 4 required modules in the training, which takes approximately 75 minutes to complete.

What materials or equipment do I need to take the course?

You need access to a computer with reliable internet, and the browser you use must support JavaScript.

How do I get credit for taking the course?

Upon completing the course, you must complete the online posttest and evaluation. Refer to the Instructions for Course Credit below.

How long is the posttest?

The posttest consists of several multiple-choice questions

To find a local Epilepsy Foundation near you to request onsite Seizure Training or additional information email us or search to find us.


Seniors & Seizures: An Educational Program for Organizations Serving Older Adults 
CDC Course No. WD2923

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 1.2 contact hours

IACET CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer (0.1) CEU's for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.5 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number 98614.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 2.0 CPH recertification credits for this program.

DISCLOSURE: In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, content experts, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

If CNE Joint Provider: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Epilepsy Foundation are jointly providing the CNE for this activity.

If CEU only, Joint Provider: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Epilepsy Foundation are jointly providing the CEUs for this activity.

CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.


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